Lesson Plan

Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Activist

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Scholars examine the courageous efforts made by civil rights activist, Rosa Parks. Discussion questions and a brief writing assignment follows a short film. A photograph and a silent film delve deeper into Park's history and three questions challenge learners to use evidence in order to provide answers. A graphic organizer accompanies a video to round off the lesson plan. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Pose discussion questions on a classroom blog, direct pupils to answer each question then respond to their peers
  • Create a bulletin board featuring famous African Americans including Rosa Parks 
  • Assign each primary source activity as a center rotation in which pupils work together, or independently, to preview the material and answer questions 
Classroom Considerations
  • The culminating activity can be assigned after the lesson is complete, either on the same or different day
  • Conduct the lesson during the month of February, Black History Month 
  • Provides four related lessons and several others that focus on famous African Americans 
  • Plan instructions are written in detail 
  • Offers links for quick sharing and assigning
  • None
Common Core